After a thorough scare against the Magic last time out, the Denver Nuggets managed to pull away in the 4th quarter and get the win. They will be looking to make out with another win against the Pistons tonight, only this time in a less stressful manner. The game tips off at 7 PM MST at Ball Arena.
- Greg Whittington – Out
- Rodney McGruder – Out
- Jahlil Okafor – Out
Betting lines (subject to change):
- Denver is -13.5 favorites
- Detroit +13.5 dogs
- Over/Under placed at 215
- Denver -1200 on the ML
- DET +750
- Pistons are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600
- Over is 5-1 in Pistons last 6 games as an underdog
- Over is 3-0-1 in Nuggets last 4 vs. a team with a losing straight up record
- Pistons are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings (against Denver)
- Under is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings in Denver
Detroit is dead last in the Eastern Conference, two games behind the Orlando Magic… there’s no getting past that. They did just come off dropping 132 on the OKC Thunder, but Denver, despite defensive frailties, is not the Thunder. While the first return of Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee to Denver might get them a bit more motivated to put up some good numbers tonight, Denver should win this without question.
Detroit has been on a decent run of form by their standards, going 3-3 in their last 6. Denver, on the other hand, has been on a tear. The Nuggets starting 5 have the best net rating of any team in the NBA since the trade deadline. The Pistons can score, but with Denver really fortifying the defensive side of things, Detroit should find things a lot harder here in Denver. With Saddiq Bey likely guarding Michael Porter Jr., over 18.5 points looks a solid option (-105).
Another Denver player to have an eye on for prop bets is Will Barton, with the over on his points total of 13.5 (-106) and 2+ made threes (-148) both good shots.
When it comes down to it, Denver should win this game with relative ease. Denver looks a much better team with the new acquisitions and their record since then has reflected it. Defensively they are much more solid thanks to a certain Aaron Gordon, and offensively they are clicking with their starting rotation. As mentioned earlier, if Denver can just play simple and take care of the ball, the combination of solid defense and the exciting offense should take care of the rest.